Colchester Campus virtual Open Day

Hello! Welcome to our Colchester Campus in the south-east of the UK. It's a beautiful large park with everything you need - accommodation, teaching facilities, library, theatre, sports facilities, shops, bars, restaurants and more. And it's just outside the town of Colchester which has great transport links.

Our Colchester Campus is home to over 10,500 students from more than 130 countries. The central squares are always buzzing with life, from a weekly street market to careers events and places to catch up with friends between lectures.

Guided tour

Start with a tour of our Colchester Campus with Olu. He'll show you our range of facilities, including lecture halls, cafes and restaurants, and sports facilities.

Look around for yourself in our Street View tours

The Squares

The Squares are the heart of our Colchester Campus. Most of our lecture and teaching rooms are based around them, along with a range of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. Home to frequent events, they're a great place to meet friends.

Albert Sloman Library

Over 1,000,000 books and lots of quiet study desks spread over six floors. The library is the perfect environment for quiet reading or last-minute essay writing (you'd never do that though, would you?).

Silberrad Student Centre

The Centre is your one-stop-shop for help with accommodation, finance, student support, exams and course administration.

360 degree virtual tour

For more great views of our campus, explore our Colchester Campus virtual tour.

Campus photos

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Colchester Campus

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Next stop: Accommodation

You'll have your own bedroom in a flat, where you share a kitchen with 4-16 other students. Your bedroom has a desk so that you can study in private. Depending on the type of accommodation you choose, you'll either share a bathroom or have your own en suite. The different types have a range of prices so you can choose one to suit your budget.

Accommodation locations

Accommodation types

The Towers

  • 3-minute walk to campus.
  • 13 to 16 students in each flat.
  • Shared bathrooms.
  • Smaller flats available.
  • Located in the heart of campus.
  • Read more about The Towers.

South Courts

  • 3-minute walk to campus.
  • 4 to 12 students in each flat.
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Adapted rooms available.
  • Close to Sports Centre.
  • Read more about South Courts.

The Houses

  • 5-minute walk to campus.
  • Quiet, central location near library and Student Centre.
  • 4 to 6 students in each flat.
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Adapted rooms available.
  • Read more about The Houses.

The Meadows

  • 10-minute walk to campus.
  • 10/12 students in each flat/townhouse.
  • En suite bathrooms in flats.
  • Shared bathrooms (one between two students) in townhouses.
  • Common room in social pavilion.
  • Read more about The Meadows.

University Quays

  • 15-minute walk to campus.
  • 8 students in each flat.
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Premium and shared accommodation available.
  • Near train station for travel to London.
  • Read more about University Quays.

Wolfson Court

Wolfson Court
  • For Edge Hotel School students only.
  • 3-minute walk to campus.
  • 7 students in each flat.
  • Shared bathrooms.
  • Washbasin provided in each bedroom.
  • Read more about Wolfson Court.

Look inside our accommodation

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Next stop: Student life

At Essex there's so much going on that you could never leave campus and still find something new to do. We want you to throw yourself in at the deep end, soak up life and make the most of those special Essex moments. Watch snapshots of Sam's story through his own eyes as he lives, learns, laughs and loves. It all adds up to a uniquely Essex experience.

Students' Union

When you join Essex, you’ll automatically gain over 11,000 new brothers and sisters – your Students' Union family. Our award-winning Students’ Union is one of the most active in the country, and with events on every night of the week, hundreds of sports clubs and societies to join, and opportunities for volunteering and paid work, you’ll never run out of things to do.

We’re building generations of past and present Essex students through the SU Heirloom project.


Our Colchester Campus offers a huge range of sport facilities, including a state-of-the art gym. We've got clubs for more than 50 sports and beginners are always welcome so it's the perfect chance to try something new.

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Next stop: Our recent Open Day

Open Day, 22 October 2016

Here's a quick look at what everyone got up to at our most recent Open Day.

Our next Open Day

Like what you see? Come along to one of our Open Days and experience Essex for yourself!

Next stop: Subjects


American studies

  • Top American Studies course in the country for student satisfaction.
  • Your year abroad is entirely free of tuition fees - unlike at most other universities.
  • Study abroad at a wide range of excellent partner universities across the US.
  • Read more about American studies.

Art history

  • One of the top-ranked art history schools in the UK to offer BA Curatorial Studies.
  • You'll be taught by our expert staff from your very first year - a rarity in UK art history courses.
  • We're home to the most important collection of Latin American art in Europe - ESCALA.
  • Read more about art history.


  • All of our lecturers come from the theatre profession and continue to have active careers.
  • We have a thriving Theatre Arts Society and student company - you can put theory into practice.
  • Our Lakeside Theatre on campus is a vibrant creative hub with an international reputation.
  • Read more about drama.

European studies

  • You are taught by a team of international experts in a range of subjects.
  • Each of our courses enables you to study at an excellent European university of your choice.
  • You have the opportunity to study one or more European languages as part of your degree.
  • Read more about European studies.

Film studies

  • You have access to HD cameras, extensive editing facilities, a film library and a dedicated cinema.
  • We offer opportunities for paid work experience in production, events and festivals.
  • Our close links with film, TV and publishing industries give you excellent career prospects.
  • Read more about film studies.

Global studies

  • Learn to think globally about today’s world issues whilst tailoring your degree to suit your unique interests or goals.
  • Our students are extremely happy - we score consistently high in student satisfaction.
  • Essex has the best politics department in the UK and is Top 5 for social science. Work with, and learn from, the experts.
  • Read more about global studies.


  • We offer financial assistance for voluntary work at local museums, archives and heritage sites.
  • Our friendly and supportive environment includes a specialist library and experienced advisers.
  • We pioneer research and study that will help you develop as a historian.
  • Read more about history.

Human rights

  • Our lecturers are renowned experts in human rights and hold prestigious UN appointments.
  • Gain experience in the field through opportunities such as our Human Rights Clinic.
  • We have an active Human Rights Society and a comprehensive programme of events.
  • Read more about human rights.


  • Create and broadcast your own online content, radio and TV programmes.
  • Build a portfolio of work across media formats to showcase your talent and versatility.
  • You will gain the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) 'Diploma in Journalism'.
  • Read more about journalism.

Latin American studies

  • We house the internationally important collection of Latin American art, ESCALA.
  • Spend a year studying in Latin America, developing your Spanish or Portuguese.
  • You can build a course to suit your interests in Latin America by choosing from a range of modules.
  • Read more about Latin American studies.


  • Our lecturers work with the UN, the UK government, and with EU and foreign governments.
  • You gain work experience advising real clients through opportunities such as the Essex Law Clinic.
  • You engage in mooting and negotiation – your chance to put knowledge into practice.
  • Read more about law.

Liberal arts

  • Study at one of the UK’s leading universities for social science and the best for politics.
  • Create a course that has real academic breadth, tailored to your passions.
  • Our students are among the most versatile, highly-sought after and intellectually imaginative graduates.
  • Read more about liberal arts.

Literature and creative writing

  • You can respond both critically and artistically to your studies in our unique literary conservatoire.
  • Our courses are taught by leading academics and writers.
  • We encourage innovation, experimentation, originality, and invention in writing and thinking.
  • Read more about literature and creative writing.


  • We are world-renowned for our combination of continental and Anglo-American philosophy.
  • We provide a critical perspective on political, economic and technological developments.
  • Our modules cover a wide range of topics, and many are exam-free.
  • Read more about philosophy.

Social sciences

Accounting, finance and banking

  • We are ranked in the Top 200 business schools in the world for accounting and finance (QS World University Rankings 2015).
  • Our state-of-the-art trading floor gives you hands-on experience with industry-standard Bloomberg software.
  • Up to six ACCA exemptions are available with selected courses.
  • Read more about accounting, finance and banking.

Business and management

  • We are Top 25 in the UK for research excellence.
  • Study in our zero carbon £21m building at our Colchester Campus.
  • With staff and students from all over the world you gain a truly international perspective.
  • Read more about business and management.


  • You are taught by staff who conduct world-leading research, and write the textbooks.
  • We pioneered sociologically informed approaches to criminology.
  • You develop the critical and inventive-thinking skills essential for many graduate jobs.
  • Read more about criminology.


  • We are Top 5 in the UK for our research excellence – you can learn from the best.
  • We give you diverse employment potential and the chance to meet future employers.
  • Our vibrant and international student population enables you to make friends and develop your interests.
  • Read more about economics.

English language and linguistics

  • You are taught by lecturers who are internationally recognised for their language research.
  • Join our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe – we are the world in one place.
  • We give you the option to study abroad at a partner university of your choice.
  • Read more about English language and linguistics.


  • We work closely with marketers and entrepreneurs to develop professional leaders of the future.
  • You’ll write a business plan using your own new venture as a basis.
  • Learn about the role of entrepreneurship and study enterprising individuals.
  • Read more about marketing.

Modern languages

  • If you study a language from scratch via our intensive route, we pay for you to attend a four-week summer school in the country where that language is spoken.
  • Our innovative courses allow you to study abroad and undertake a work placement all in the same year.
  • Gain skills in translation, interpreting and subtitling, using the latest technology in our multimedia labs.
  • Read more about modern languages.


  • We are consistently ranked as the top politics department in the UK since national assessments began.
  • You’re involved in ground-breaking research regardless of your level of study and experience.
  • We have the only Regius Professorship in Political Science in the UK, an honour conferred by the Queen.
  • Read more about politics.

Psychoanalytic studies

  • Learn in small groups with expert practitioners and academics.
  • Our approachable staff have clinical as well as academic expertise and experience.
  • Our unique courses combine contributions from a wide range of theoretical approaches.
  • Read more about psychoanalytic studies.


  • Our teaching is underpinned by research – new ideas and theories are tested in the classroom.
  • Acquire a range of skills valued by employers including research, interpreting data and debating.
  • Choose from a wide range of topics as part of your course – focus on what interests you most.
  • Read more about sociology.

Science and health

Actuarial science

  • Our course exempts you from key Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) exams.
  • You have access to our dedicated computing facilities that provide real-world experience.
  • Our world-class lecturers ensure an exceptional learning and teaching environment.
  • Read more about actuarial science.

Biochemistry and biomedical science

  • Our teaching is underpinned by research – new ideas and theories are tested in the classroom.
  • With biomedical science you have the opportunity to spend a year working in an NHS lab.
  • We insist on small-group tutorial teaching to complement your formal lectures.
  • Read more about biochemistry and biomedical science.

Biological sciences and genetics

  • Tailor your degree to your specific interests, whether they be molecular biology or field-based ecological science.
  • Conduct your final year research project within one of our state-of-the-art research laboratories.
  • We emphasise employability and have strong links with industry, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
  • Read more about biological sciences.

Computer science

  • We are home to many of the world’s top scientists and engineers in the field of computer science.
  • We specialise in areas as diverse as assistive technologies, computer games, artificial intelligence, evolutionary computation, big data and robotics.
  • We offer exceptional purpose-built facilities including state-of-the-art labs.
  • Read more about computer science.

Electronic engineering

  • You gain professional IET and BCS accreditation – the basis for chartered engineer status.
  • We are home to many of the world’s top scientists and engineers in their fields.
  • We offer exceptional purpose-built facilities, equipped with the latest hardware and software tools.
  • Read more about electronic engineering.

Marine biology

  • Our underwater lectures give you an exciting, unique and engaging educational experience.
  • You will receive SCUBA training and conduct underwater research on our coral reef field trip.
  • Use our on-site aquarium facilities and Marine Biology Field Centre for your research projects.
  • Read more about marine biology.


  • As well as being world-class academics and researchers, we are award-winning teachers.
  • We go the extra mile to make sure you succeed both during and after your time with us.
  • We coordinate maths support for other UK universities – everyone wants to work with us.
  • Read more about mathematics.

Nursing (adult and mental health)

  • We have purpose-built nursing skills labs.
  • Much of your study is spent in clinical settings, working alongside nurses and other professionals.
  • Our focus is on producing nurses with empathy as well as technical skill.
  • Read more about nursing.

Occupational therapy

Woman talking to a young child
  • Gain hands-on experience in a range of professional settings through practice placements.
  • Our close links with practice educators will strengthen your career prospects.
  • Small class-sizes enable close working relationships between students and staff.
  • Read more about occupational therapy.


A model of a spine
  • Gain hands-on experience in a range of professional settings through practice placements.
  • Our close links with clinicians in practice will strengthen your career prospects.
  • Small class-sizes enable close working relationships between students and staff.
  • Read more about physiotherapy.


  • You gain professional status on our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses.
  • You have unparalleled access to research equipment such as EEG, TMS, and eye tracking.
  • Work as a research assistant through our popular Research Experience Scheme.
  • Read more about psychology.

Sports and exercise science

  • The majority of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
  • You work with elite athletes and gain experience in our renowned Human Performance Unit.
  • You gain in-depth knowledge by using our advanced research equipment.
  • Read more about sports and exercise science.

Sports therapy

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  • You have access to our professional, state-of-the-art research equipment.
  • Many of our athletes receive sports scholarships worth over £2,500 and a support package.
  • Our course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists – your passport to a range of careers.
  • Read more about sports therapy.


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